Vol. 1, No. 62, 27 June1997
HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES AMENDMENT TO LAND OWNERSHIP BILL.
headed by Gyula Horn on 26 June approved amendments to the land ownership
bill. If approved by the parliament, the new bill would allow foreign
companies registered in Hungary to own land but not foreigners as private
individuals, Hungarian media reported. The right of foreign companies to
purchase land is restricted to the administrative area where the company is
registered or where it has offices. Land owned by foreign companies will be
put up for auction if the company ceases to operate. The opposition has
protested against the new bill. The Hungarian Democratic Forum, the Christian
Democrats, the Young Democrats, and representatives of the agricultural trade
union Metesz have announced they will launch an initiative for a referendum on
the new bill.
HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ACCUSED OF INFORMING UNDER COMMUNISM.
Torgyan, the leader of the Smallholders Party, says he will take legal action
against Joszef Ferenc Nagy and a group of other former members of his party
who told reporters on 26 June that Torgyan was a member of the communist-era
secret service under the name of Lajos Szatmari. The group claims Torgyan was
informed of the screening panel's findings by then Prime Minister Joszef
Antall on 31 March 1991. Torgyan told the daily "Nepszabadsag" that the
six-year-old allegations lack any foundation.
HUNGARY TO RAISE POWER GRID TO EU STANDARDS. Budapest is planning to build two
new gas turbine power plants in an effort to meet the electricity requirements
of the EU and to improve the reliability of electricity services throughout
the country. The World Bank has agreed to provide $60 million to help Budapest
quickly start the project, an RFE/RL Washington correspondent reported on 26
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